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Hendrika "Rita" Van Aert
On Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Lions Prairie Manor, Rita passed away with family by her side at the age of 86.
Rita was born on September 1, 1933 in the Netherlands, daughter of Hendricus and Regina Traa. She resided in Achterveld until immigrating to Canada with her parents and siblings in 1954. She worked at various jobs before marrying Adrian Van Aert in 1957 and they lived in St. Andrews. In 1974 they purchased a farm in the Gainsborough district where they farmed until retiring in 1995. Rita enjoyed residing at the Lions Prairie Manor where she appreciated the excellent care she received. She will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle ways, and love for her family.
Rita was predeceased by her parents, her husband Adrian, son George, brother Martin and several siblings-in-law.
Left to treasure her memory are her children: John (Doris), children Melissa (Chris) Martin and their son Noah, Kathleen and Carey; Regina (Paul) Lapratte, children Chantale (Mike) and children Dominic, Logan and Sawyer, Daniel (Robin); Richard (Susan), children Evan and Garrick (Sara); Marilyn (Dan) Gagnon, children Ashley and Amanda; Adrian (Bonnie), children Jace Hancock (Sheilagh) and their children Canaan and Shaye, Jill Hancock (Dale) and their children Ryatt and Emree; Paul (Patty), children Braden, Madison, Stephanie (Wade) Campbell and their children Taia and Peyton, Ashley (Ron) Toews and their daughter Raina; Neal (Diane), children McKenzie and Jordan; as well as her siblings Greta Koreman, Wilhelmina Mensing, Gerry (Noelline), Hank (Mia), Ted (Cecile), Tina Lafreniere, John (Anne-Marie), Helen (Peter) Zervini and siblings-in-law Baiba, Corrie Van Aert, Cathy (Fred) Van Gompel and Kees Van Aert, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and special friends who are like family, Rolf and Nico Kamp.
Prayers will be held on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road S., Portage la Prairie. Funeral Mass led by Father Gerald Langevin will be held on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Saskatchewan Avenue E, Portage la Prairie. Interment to follow service at Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Sask. Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3Y8 or Lions Prairie Manor Foundation, 24 - 9th St. SE, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3V4
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.omegafuneralhome.com
Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church
1125 Saskatchewan Avenue E., Portage la Prairie MB R1N 3Y8
Lions Prairie Manor Foundation
24 – 9th St SE, Unit 114, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 3V4